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    Oh yeah heard about that; releasing some time in 2012. SO, I need more advice? Read them in chronological order or not?

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    Let me know if it's good when you're done

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    It's not really off topic. Do you by any chance know how many copies are left for the IT anniversary gift edition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmancino View Post
    I really need to know if Insomnia is good because I'm getting an equal share of hates and likes. I'm just so stuck because I wanna read Under the Dome, Insomnia, and It. But I might get the gift edition of IT so I think I'm going to wait to read IT. Any more advice?
    I wasn't a big fan of Insomnia, but even so I would wait. There are ties to the Dark Tower series and there are parts that will be more relevant after you've read through at least the 3rd Dark Tower book. It's not necessary to enjoy the story, but it helps.

    And if I already have a copy of It, I wouldn't be reading my Cemetery Dance edition anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmancino View Post
    It's not really off topic. Do you by any chance know how many copies are left for the IT anniversary gift edition?
    Not sure how many are left. I would think it'll probably make it to July before being sold out, but you never know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryE View Post
    And if I already have a copy of It, I wouldn't be reading my Cemetery Dance edition anyway.
    I actually think I will reread It when I get the CD versions of it, just have to decide when version to read, lol. Probably will end up being the gift edition though. Maybe CD should make some bookmarks to send with these

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    Why?

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    Would I have to read the Dark Tower series before reading Insomnia?

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    I plan on rereading IT when the CD edition comes out. It's been 25 years, so why not? i just need to clear a week in my schedule to do so...
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    Hasn't been nearly as long since I read IT, but it's still been a few years. I want to read it with the art inside, and of course the much better paper used for it, as I am sure it will make the experience even better (and because it is a great book). I also want to read King's new afterward. I am considering reading Full Dark, No Stars again since I didn't read the CD edition of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdfan View Post
    As for the main question in the thread I like Frik51's suggestion of going in order. Sometimes he may reference characters or events from earlier books, not in a way that really spoils anything, but it is nice to already have an understanding of things that already happened.
    Yes, that's exactly the reason reading chronologically is practically a must.
    Many of King's books are connected which you might miss if you read out of order.
    I envy those who still have to read his books - you're in for an awesome journey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmancino View Post
    Oh yeah heard about that; releasing some time in 2012. SO, I need more advice? Read them in chronological order or not?
    Of course!
    (best advice I can give you!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmancino View Post
    Would I have to read the Dark Tower series before reading Insomnia?
    You won't have to wonder about this any longer if you read the books in chronological order!
    (Or did I mention this already?? :-)) )

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    Quote Originally Posted by frik51 View Post
    You won't have to wonder about this any longer if you read the books in chronological order!
    (Or did I mention this already?? :-)) )

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    Will do, thanks frik!!

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    Fmancion, I'd either read It or go in chronological order - and Dan, wow, no King ever? That IS sacrilegious. You are now BANNED. I'm not a huge fan of gore horror, but I've read all of King's books. He's more of a great storyteller than a horror writer, IMO. The Stand is an epic road story, good vs. evil. I loved the Dark Tower series too, glad you're starting that. Many people struggle with The Gunslinger, but stick with it, the series is worth it. If you want more literary try Hearts in Atlantis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardThomas View Post
    I'm not a huge fan of gore horror, but I've read all of King's books. He's more of a great storyteller than a horror writer, IMO.
    True. King has never been a horror writer.
    The horror elements found within his works are the tools, the means to an end.
    For instance, Carrie isn't really about a girl with telekinetic powers. It's about adolescence, about not fitting in.
    Also, King's range is simply too wide for him to be labelled a horror writer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frik51 View Post
    True. King has never been a horror writer.
    The horror elements found within his works are the tools, the means to an end.
    For instance, Carrie isn't really about a girl with telekinetic powers. It's about adolescence, about not fitting in.
    Also, King's range is simply too wide for him to be labelled a horror writer.

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    I'm not disagreeing there, it was just how he was labeled when I was younger, and that lead me to have no interest. I've never really liked horror / suspense / thirllers anything like that. It's something that I think is an acquired taste, and really only something I'm starting to be moderately interested in.
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    I grew up watching late night shows like The Twilight Zone or One Step Beyond or Hitchcock. I have always likened King's stories to those types of shows, and I feel that is what horror is really about. Seeing someone hacked in two isn't scary--it's sickening. I think many people get that mixed up. Today's society does want a little more gore though it appears, and so I do put some in (little bits as I have my online serial if you want to take a gander), but I don't think I'll ever want to stray from the formula of what is really scary to myself. And I think that is largely why King is so successful.

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    King's voice is the reason for his success, I think. Regardless of the subject he writes about, it's always a huge pleasure to listen to him.

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    I would read It. I've read it six or seven times and it still hasn't gotten old.

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